The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #97625   Message #1925774
Posted By: GUEST
03-Jan-07 - 01:58 PM
Thread Name: Who is/ are the EFDSS?
Subject: RE: efdss,what does it mean
McGrath of Harlow wrote:
*English people come from all over the place, with all kinds of ethnic backgrounds. And "English folk music" means, or should mean, the folk music of all English people."

yes, when I was involved in writing the EFDSS's Strategic Plan in 1998, (when I was a national council / trustee volunteer), I gained the approval of the council to include the following:

*The EFDSS recognises that the term 'English' when used in the context of folk music, dance and song, includes a wide range of influences. The folk music, dance and song in England have always reflected the country's cultural diversity. The English folk arts have also travelled to other countries in the world. The EFDSS interprets the word 'English' in its title as including the folk arts as found today in England, no matter what the community; as well as the folk arts which originated in England and which are now found in other parts of the world.   Following a long tradition within the EFDSS, there is also an interest in the folk arts of countries throughout the world. *

This is analogous to the use of the word "English" in the term "English Literature".

I have used this paragraph in the contributors' style sheet for English Dance & Song magazine, but .... I also have this sentence ...

*With just four issues a year, the Editor is obliged to prioritise in terms of selecting the content, and in terms of selecting the CDs and books to be reviewed.*

Derek Schofield